Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Field Trip: Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present

MoMA will show a retrospective of Marina Abramović's body of work March 14, 2010-May 31, 2010.

from Marina Abramović's Art Must Be Beautiful 1975, more info (link)

This performance retrospective traces the prolific career of Marina Abramović (Yugoslavian, b. 1946) with approximately fifty works spanning over three decades of her early interventions and sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances made with Ulay (Uwe Laysiepen). In an endeavor to transmit the presence of the artist and make her historical performances accessible to a larger audience, the exhibition includes the first live re-performances of Abramović’s works by other people ever to be undertaken in a museum setting. In addition, a new, original work performed by Abramović will mark the longest duration of time that she has performed a single solo piece. All performances, one of which involves viewer participation, will take place throughout the entire duration of the exhibition, starting before the Museum opens each day and continuing until after it closes, to allow visitors to experience the timelessness of the works.

Read more at MoMA (link)

Marina Abramović Luminosity 1997, Marina Abramović Archive and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

"Marina Abramović’s performances, feats of endurance involving self-denial and even self-mutilation, are so influential that MoMA has asked 35 artists to re-create them for an upcoming retrospective—and so provocative that it is building a separate entrance for the show"

Read more at ARTnews (link)

"Abramović's work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind."

Marina Abramović (Wikipedia) (link)

Also: Marina Abramović: Seven Easy Pieces performed at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2005 (link)

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